A US cyber security analyst has told the US Congress that China has deployed a homegrown operating system on government computers to secure them against cyber warfare, the Washington Times reported. Kevin G. Coleman, a computer seciurity consultant to the US director of national intelligence, said that the operating system, named “Kylin,” used in combination with a specialized microprocessor chipset also designed to resist intrusions, has “hardened” Chinese government computers against US electronic intelligence and cyber warfare. Coleman said the US government’s reliance on commercially available – and regularly hacked – operating systems like Windows makes sensitive information more vulnerable. He told Congress that Chinese government agencies are on a “wartime footing” when it comes to preparing for both offensive and defensive cyber warfare.
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